Bülent Şenay (PhD in religious & cultural studies from Lancaster University, UK) is currently professor of history of religion and culture at the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Faculty of Theology, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.
OSCE Human Rights Advisory Council Member (currently)
Founding Member of the Governing Board of EMISCO – European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (European NGO, The Council of Europe, Strasbourg & European Parliament, Brussels, www.emisco.com)
Diplomatic Counselor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, Turkish Embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands (2008-2012)
Visiting professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (since 2011-current)
Visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan (continues)
Visiting professor at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest.(continues)
Visiting professor at Princeton University's Institute for International and Religious Studies, USA. (November 2009)
William James Visiting Professor at Bayreuth University, Germany (2008)
Bülent Şenay started as a lecturer of Muslim Philosophy and Ethics at the University College of St. Martin’s (1996-1999). He continued as Associate Professor of History of Religion, Interreligious Hermeneutics, Religion and Ecology, Islam in Modern World (BA level), Civilisational Landscapes and Christian-Muslim Relations throughout history (MA level), and Islam and Religious Other (PhD level), at the Faculty of Theology, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey (2000-2008). His biography includes various publications and lectures on philosophy of `religious other`, `teaching religion in multicultural / plural society`, `interreligious dialogue/trialogue`, `philosophy and ethics of disagreement and public space in Islamic Thought`, `anatomy of contemporary Islamic movements`. His research interest is focused on religion and identity in multicultural societies, Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations, religion and politics in Europe. He has been a member of several international associations (British Association for the Study of Religion, British Sociological Association, British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Turkish Association for the History of Religion) and member of the editorial board of `Intercultural Studies`, "Islamic Studies" (Ankara), "Journal of Hadith Studies" (Istanbul), Ilahiyat Studies-Bursa, Uludag University. He has been special guest in many international conferences and coordinated several European projects. Dr. Şenay has been a participant at both academic and diplomatic level in the Intercultural Exchange Project of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. He also took part as guest speaker in OSCE Review Conferences on Human rights, Islamophobia and Freedom of Religion in Vienna, Warsaw, and Astana. He continues to teach as visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan and Department of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest.
He is currently a member the OSCE Human Rights Advisory Council on Human Rights Dimension. Former diplomatic counsellor for religious and cultural affairs at the Turkish Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, Prof. Şenay is currently professor of history of religion and culture at the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Theology, and continues to teach Philosophy of Science at Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkiye.
“Risk and The City: Reflexive Modernity from Aristotele`s Phronesis to al-Farabi`s Madinah al-Fadilah”, City and Philosophy, in Proceedings of II. International Philosophy Congress, 11-13 October 2012, Bursa, Uludag University publication.
“Reflexivity and Tawalli between Jews, Christians, and Muslims", in Encountering the Stranger: A Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue, Washington University Press, 2012.
`Change and Changeability: Ethics of Disagreement and Public Space in Islamic Thought`, Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (JSRI), 9, 26 (Summer 2010): pp. 128-162.
"Reflexive Teaching about Other Religions and the Hermeneutics of Otherness", in Lena Roos & Jenny Berglund (eds.), Your Heritage or Mine: Teaching in a Multi-Religious Classroom, Swedish Science Press, Uppsala, 2009.
“The Jews of Turkey between the 19th Century and World War II: From Zimmi to Vatandas”, in Studia Hebraica no.7, University of Bucharest Press, 2007.
“Communal Autonomy of the Jewish Millet in the Ottoman Turkish Tradition”, in Studia Hebraica no.6, University of Bucharest Press, 2006.
`Philosophy of Hinduism`, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Ahmet Cevizci, Etik yayinlari, 2006, Istanbul.
"The Study of Religion and Islamic Studies in Turkey: Phenomenological Theology and Contextualism", in Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz & Randi Warne (eds.), New Approaches to the Study of Religion (Religion and Reason Series), Verlag de Gruyter, Berlin & New York, October 2004, (vol.1).
"Religious Identity in European Union and Religious Communities - Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims in Europe", in the Faculty of Religious Studies Journal, no.2, vol.11, Uludag University Press, October 2002.
"History of Jewish-Christian Relations, Antisemitism and Orientalism", in the Faculty of Religious Studies Journal, no.2, vol.11, Uludag University Press, October 2002.
"Islam and Other Religions", in the Faculty of Religious Studies Journal (25th year special issues), no.9, vol.9, Uludag University Press, 2000
"Rationalism Versus Traditionalism?" in Religion, vol.29, no.3, July 1999.